>If it does, Nova free is fantastic and does a *lot* of things the stock >launchers don't do (e.g., mine came with the TouchWiz launcher which sucks >by way of comparison).
+1... wouldn't have anything else.
Another advantage, if you have to use multiple devices, is uniformity: put Nova on all devices and they all look/act the same. -- Pete Cresswell
"Rod Speed" <email@example.com>: Oct 01 03:58PM +1000
"Horace Algier" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:email@example.com...
> Pssst.... it won't help me because *feeling* safe and *being* safe are two > totally different things ... but they might be able to locate the body for > a decent burial.
It would help plenty who live alone who have a bad fall and can't get up. There are a few of those on the reality TV series and some found dead who didn't manage to get any help too.
And it happened to a mate of mine too who was so obscenely obese that he managed to fall down behind the bed and it took a crew of at least 6 emergency personnel to get him up again. In his case his wife could call them, but if he had been living alone, it would have avoided him ending up dead.
"Rod Speed" <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Oct 01 04:08PM +1000
"Horace Algier" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
>> it seems to no longer work that way in iOS 10.0.2.
> Since iOS people buy the things primarily to *feel* safe,
Just another bare faced lie/pathetic excuse for a troll...
> it's not surprising that some people tout this rather minor and > privacy invasive e lock-screen ICE note as a "safety" feature.
Corse it's a safety feature when you are no longer capable of telling the paramedics or hospital who you are etc.
> I don't have an iPhone (I have iPads), so, if the Medical ID > is *designed* to *require* a log in to an Internet site,
It doesn't. Its just a lock that prevents anyone who comes across the phone from using it, no logon to any internet site involved.
For other reasons, just privacy, because some fools are mindlessly paranoid about their 'privacy' and take stupid unnecessary risks to 'protect' it.
> didn't find anything related to the Medical ID in 10.0.2 specifically, > so I'm not sure what you're alluding to when you say it no longer > works that way in 10.0.2 other than what the article says above.
I haven't checked it myself. I do run 10.0.2 but haven't setup the medical id because I don't have any medical conditions for which it would be useful and because if I am ever found unconscious or completely out of it so badly that I can't identify myself, it will be completely trivial to work out who I am.
> In short though, Medical ID is exactly what I'd expect from Apple > users who merely want to *feel* safe, without actually *being* safe.
Even sillier than you usually manage/even more of a pathetic excuse for a troll than you usually manage.
"Rod Speed" <email@example.com>: Oct 01 04:10PM +1000
John McGaw <Nobody@Nowh.ere> wrote > your phone then anything in this EMERGENCY folder will be pretty much > useless unless someone manages to break into your phone if they lay hands > on it.
He's actually talking about what he uses himself in emergency situations.
> All I do on my Android devices is to enter a 'lock screen message' which > shows my name, mailing address (P.O. Box, not actual street address) and > several emergency contact numbers.
That's not the sort of emergency he is talking about.
John McGaw <Nobody@Nowh.ere>: Oct 01 10:39AM -0400
On 10/1/2016 2:10 AM, Rod Speed wrote: >> shows my name, mailing address (P.O. Box, not actual street address) and >> several emergency contact numbers.
> That's not the sort of emergency he is talking about.
Why a folder? There are multiple 'home' screens available and these theoretically useful apps can just be placed on, lets say, the last one. As one thinks of new possibilities they can be placed there and if they later seem to be of less use they can be removed. I can't actually think of too many apps that would be useful only in an emergency and only in an emergency since they come in an infinite number of forms. Personally I keep a 'daily' screen, a 'news and information' screen, a 'travel' screen, and an 'entertainment' screen. Guess I could move some stuff around and have 'emergency' one at the end. Just me, I guess...
Tim Schwartz <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Oct 01 07:32AM -0400
Have a look at Evil-Bay. There are many "MS Notebook Mouse 3000" listed, though most seem to be wireless. With some patience, the one you want will likely show up in a few months.
On 9/29/2016 7:01 PM, aioli wrote:
N_Cook <email@example.com>: Oct 01 12:36PM +0100
On 30/09/2016 00:01, aioli wrote: > Does not hold the charge long enough but it is fun to use when I want to > fool with folks. I can make it say anything. Like "Get your hands off > of me." or "Micky and I are friends" or naughties.
So you may as well get inside and maybe the optical encoderdisc is partly out of a bearing, pot is worn, something loose, fluff etc
John McGaw <Nobody@Nowh.ere>: Sep 30 11:49AM -0400
On 9/27/2016 6:35 PM, Horace Algier wrote: > Do you create an EMERGENCY folder on your mobile device (and what do you > put inside)? snip...
Simple answer is: if you've been sensible and put a strong passcode on your phone then anything in this EMERGENCY folder will be pretty much useless unless someone manages to break into your phone if they lay hands on it. All I do on my Android devices is to enter a 'lock screen message' which shows my name, mailing address (P.O. Box, not actual street address) and several emergency contact numbers.
Jeff Liebermann <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Sep 30 08:56AM -0700
Ralph Mowery <email@example.com>: Sep 29 04:19PM -0400
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com says... > rubber stamps. Or simple printer's ink like for the newspaper or > something. Not inkjet ink, you'll have to mortgage the house to get > enough of that.
The ink for the old printers was very inexpensive. I used to buy some from the NCR that was about $ 3 for a tube that looked like a toothpaste tube. Only took a small ammount for the old teletype ribbons and later for my Okidata 82 that used the same type of ribbon. Unless you know someone that has some old stock I doubt you will find it. NCR K-575F ink. That is for the black. They made some purple or some such color that had a similar number.
As always, there is so much good freeware out there that the "price" is the testing to find the best ones - which is why I *asked* what *you* put in *your* emergency folder (assuming you've tested emergency apps).
>> I also almost always *try* the suggestions proposed, if they are >> reasonable, and if they fit the circumstances.
> no you don't.
The difference between you and me is that I try to be helpful (which takes effort on my part).
I wouldn't normally even respond to your supremely unhelpful post above, but I do have one thing to say regarding the emergency contact setup that I just tried, after testing out *all* the suggestions people made: http://i.cubeupload.com/MPNlDb.gif
The fact that we can change the *name* of *any* app whatsoever could be helpful, in an emergency context, since we can remove the "brand" name of the app, and just list what function it has for emergency purposes.
Just by way of example, you'll notice in the latter screenshot above that I changed the pre-installed "Messages" app to read "sns/mms" (sic), [which I have just now updated to "sms/mms", after noticing the typo in that screenshot).
The point is that we can change *any* app name we want, which is useful in an emergency folder, becuase the brand name isn't going to be instantly recognized, since we use it so little - but the FUNCTIONALITY (as always) is paramount ...
*So we can name the Emergency app by its FUNCTIONALITY!*
By way of example, I just changed the pre-installed YouTube app name to "old youtube" because it's an older version that doesn't do advertisements, and I changed VLC to "vlc player" just to test if I was able to change the name of both pre-installed and post-installed apps.
Turns out it's really easy to remove those silly brand names to change the name of the app to something that makes sense to you. Just long press on the app icon, and you can change the name to anything you want.
This ability to name any existing app what *you* want to name it is very useful for an emergency folder, where brand names are meaningless, and where the *functionality* of the app is paramount.
You can even named the emergency apps "1" "2" "3", etc., so that you can just press them quickly in an emergency.
Whatever you name them is totally up to you, but this capability to edit the app name no matter what the app is, will give the emergency folder a *consistency* which can save time in an emergency since you can name them "do this first" or "call police and fire" or whatever you want to name the apps, even if they're apps from the app store.
See this screenshot for the summary of how to change the name of any app on an unrooted Android device (I'm on Android 4.3, Nova free launcher). http://i.cubeupload.com/rkBFU9.jpg
In that article, they talk about a "Health" app that Apple supplied in iOS 8, which doesn't seem to be on my device in iOS9 (I skipped iOS 8 altogether since I update the device as little as possible since all hell broke loose outside the walled garden the penultimate time I updated).
Hmmmm... no "Health" app on this iPad. I only have one desktop screen, and there's no health app on it, nor in Settings General on the left column.
So, scratch that method (maybe it works only on phones?).
1. Contacts > + > First = ICE 1 - Wife 2. Copy that to "Last" name also (if contacts are reverse sorted). 3. Company = Patty Winter, wife 4. Scroll down to "add field" 5. The article says scroll to the bottom of the popup to add "notes" but I don't see any notes. I just see: - Prefix - Phonetic first name - Pronunciation first name - Middle name - Phonetic middle name - Phonetic last name - Pronunciation last name - Maiden name - Suffix - Nickname - Job title - Department 6. So I put the phone number in the Company field instead (since there were no notes fields). 7. Press "Done".
Hmmm... I guess adding ICE is better than doing absolutely nothing, but it's not much better than doing absolutely nothing.
Rod, can you elucidate a little bit on what you were alluding to when you mentioned there was some kind of emergency mechanism on iOS?
Thanks! NOTE: iPad, with SIM data, iOS 9.3.2 (and staying on that until/unless there is a compelling reason to risk another release)
If you're dead (or dying), and your iDevice (maybe just the phone and not the iPad?) is still locked, the "bit of the health app" that you're talking about, "tells" your good samartan whatever you wanted to tell them in the ICE contacts.
Um, er ... ok. That's fine, I guess. Nothing whatsoever wrong with that.
But I'm looking for far-more proactive solutions for the emergency folder, like, um, things that *prevent* you from being dead in the first place.
To that end, previously I found a ton of Android emergency apps (most of which seemed to be SMS-related, and GPS location alert related). The problem on Android is that there are so many, all the work is in selecting and testing the few that you want to keep.
Which lists these: - Guardly (connects you with your security organization) - LINE Messenger (disaster stuff) - Disaster Alert (scare mongering disaster stuff) - Life360 (tracks you and your family for the NSA) - Red Panic Button (calls the cops when press the button) - ICE app (same as iOS unlock screen stuff)
I only quickly skimmed that article, but they all seem scamm'ish to me, so I'll move on to other apps (unless someone says otherwise).
1. bSafe (broadcasts video and beeps and calls people when you are scared) 2. Kitestring (keeps asking you if you're ok, and if not, it alerts others) 3. SafeTrek (alert police when you *lift* your thumb *off* the red button!) 4. Bugle (leave the phone at home & it calls the cops if you don't return) 5. Samsung Safety Assistance (notify a list of contacts)
As usual, if you read two articles that are supposedly on the same topic, and *none* of the apps cross pollinate, that's a sign that the scammish nature of the apps is predominant. (It's not proof - just a sign.)
1. Medical ID (same as the ICE stuff above) 2. ICE Standard (same as ICE stuff above) 3. Bugle (calls the cops if you don't get back to your phone in time) 4. Kitestring (nags you and then alerts others if you don't respond) 5. Family Locator/Life360 (tracks you and your family for the NSA) 6. Red Panic Button (calls the cops when press the button) 7. Siren GPS (calls 911 and sends them your GPS location) 8. SafeTrek (alert police when you *lift* your thumb *off* the red button!) 9. Guardly (calls your company security team) 10. Disaster Alert (scare mongering disaster stuff) 11. Natural Disaster Monitor (less personal scare mongering disaster stuff)
There were plenty of other articles on the subject but this post is too long already:
DISCLAIMER: I only *skimmed* the articles for the gist of what the apps do, since the true measure of an app is how horrendous it is in setup and use, not what the marketing guys "say" it will do.
On Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:23:10 +1000, Rod Speed wrote:
>> mentioned there was some kind of emergency mechanism on iOS?
> That bit of the health app that allows anyone to see that on the lock screen > of your phone.
Oh. OK. Thanks. Maybe that health app is only on the phone, but still, it's not a big deal (I like the emergency-SMS apps I outlined better, for example, as they do what we'd need in an emergency before we're dead.)
That health app, which, I guess does its job *after* you're dead and your screen is still locked, doesn't seem to exist on "my" iPad, at least not if it's named "health.anything".
My iPad was, on purpose, kept on 7.x for as long as possible (since Apple screws up things outside the walled garden) so when I was forced to move (due to kids complaining games no longer would work on 7.x) it was to 9.something, thankfully skipping 8.whatever altogether.
Since the health app came with iOS 8, maybe that's why I don't have it? Or do none of the iPads have that Health app by default?
> Do you create an EMERGENCY folder on your mobile device (and what do you > put inside)?
Based on the response, people don't seem to create much of an emergency folder nor do they do much about emergency apps.
Googling for apps, most found seem to be cross platform (as they should be), so, it's not an iOS or Android-specific problem - but relates to all mobile devices.
The plethora of supposed emergency apps is apparent from just the first few Google hits, as everyone seems to want to get in on the bandwagon, so it would take a *lot* of effort to come up with the best apps on my own.
Since others aren't adding much value, we'll probably get nowhere further on this task, but to help out a bit, I'll review the next hit after briefly skimming it for useful details...
Here's just my first impression of the free ones, in order: 1. wikiHow: How to and DIY Survival Kit (jesus ... are they serious?) 2. RepairPal: Auto Repair Expert (omg ... they are serious?) 3. iWrecked - Auto accident assistant (jesus christ ... they're serious?) 4. Winter Survival Kit (omg ... more of the same) 5. iTriage (jesus ... more crap) 6. SPOT Connect (a satellite service - but how does it work?)
Other than the potential for "SPOT Connect" to be a potentially useful app, the rest, based only on my initial inspection, defy any real definition other than "jesus christ ... are they serious?".
Skimming the list, and eliminating all the "Diy emergency" apps out of hand, at the beginning, there's the normal ICE stuff after the crap-DIY stuff (both of which I find to be basically useless), and then there are "organizational stuff" apps.
For example... Who know the Red Cross has emergency apps such as this:
Interestingly, along with all the "disaster alert" apps, they do have the scanner app we've been touting as KISS and unobtrusively free, namely 5-0 Scanner for iOS and Scanner for Android.
The article touts an app called "Map Droyd" which claims it works without cell service (duh, all offline maps work that way), so I don't know what the big deal is, but I hadn't heard of "map droyd" before so I'll check it out separately.
There's also "Google Sky Map" (which I didn't know existed either), which maps the stars. Having grown up hiking and camping all the time, I can navigate by the stars on my own in the northern hemisphere, but it's probably useful for others who don't know how to tell direction from a quick glance through clouds at the sky.
The isocline map they tout is "Back Country Navigator", and the OSM map they list is "GPS Grid Reference". They tout MotionX GPS Drive for offline use navigating on roads, and again we see the potentially useful "Spot Connect" which purports to use satellite messaging (which I'm not sure how exactly that works from a non-satellite phone when you have no signal whatsoever).
After the map selection, there is a ton of cpr-related medical garbage, and then we see "red panic button" again, which seems simple enough to be somewhat useful if set up correctly.
After that, there were the inevitable scare mongering social networking apps such as life360 and social alert...
And the article ends with a handful of completely unrelated apps that they claim are useful, but in that list are "calculator" and "camera", so, it's a waste of time to get that far into the article before it ends.
Overall, only two apps strike me as potentially worth a second look, which are the satellite connection app (how the heck *can* it work?) and the panic button app - which seems simple enough if it doesn't require logins and idiotic marketing stuff to work).
Horace Algier <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote > and not the iPad?) is still locked, the "bit of the health app" that > you're talking about, "tells" your good samartan whatever you > wanted to tell them in the ICE contacts.
> Um, er ... ok. That's fine, I guess. Nothing whatsoever wrong with that.
But no need to put it in any emergency folder or anything similar, because once its setup, it happens completely automatically. That's why I meant to delete that bit that I first thought that you were talking about when I realised that you meant something else, and forgot to edit that out from my original response before I hit the send button.
> But I'm looking for far-more proactive solutions for the emergency folder, > like, um, things that *prevent* you from being dead in the first place.
> (most of which seemed to be SMS-related, and GPS location alert > related). The problem on Android is that there are so many, all the > work is in selecting and testing the few that you want to keep.
Yeah, pretty similar on iOS and since much of what I want in that regard isnt unique to emergency situations but are used all the time like google maps and other stuff like that, no need to put them in an emergency folder or anything like that, although I spose that might make some sense when setting those up for someone else on their phone etc particularly if they are the sort of person who might well end up rather flustered in an emergency situation etc.
But IMO it makes more sense to have emergency phone numbers in a group in the standard contacts because that is where it makes rather more sense to have emergency phone numbers IMO. Or best to have the numbers in both so wherever anyone looks, they will be found immediately which would be useful in an emergency.
> button!) > 4. Bugle (leave the phone at home & it calls the cops if you don't return) > 5. Samsung Safety Assistance (notify a list of contacts)
I think there is something to be said for an app that either works out when you have got up and if you haven't, eventually asks if you are alright and if you don't respond, calls the numbers you specify. That would be useful for those who live alone and would hopefully catch most of the situations where you say fall and can't get up and don't have your phone with you at the time and so can't call for assistance yourself etc.
> Oh. OK. Thanks. Maybe that health app is only on the phone, but still, it's > not a big deal (I like the emergency-SMS apps I outlined better, for > example, as they do what we'd need in an emergency before we're dead.)
On Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:45:35 +1000, Rod Speed wrote:
> for those who live alone and would hopefully catch most of the situations > where you say fall and can't get up and don¢t have your phone with you > at the time and so can't call for assistance yourself etc.
I was thinking about that old American commercial, a few decades ago, where an old lady falls down the stairs and says "I've fallen and I can't get up".
It was perfectly tuned MARKETING fear mongering, and FUD worked as well then as it does now.
Still, for those who *need* it, I can't possibly disagree with you, that it will make them *feel* safe to have the app constantly nag them to ask if they're OK.
I could even use it, I guess, when I go pot farmer hunting ... :)
Pssst.... it won't help me because *feeling* safe and *being* safe are two totally different things ... but they might be able to locate the body for a decent burial.
It doesn't say anything about iOS 10.0.2, per se, and a quick search didn't find anything related to the Medical ID in 10.0.2 specifically, so I'm not sure what you're alluding to when you say it no longer works that way in 10.0.2 other than what the article says above.
In short though, Medical ID is exactly what I'd expect from Apple users who merely want to *feel* safe, without actually *being* safe.
I want to replace my MS Notebook Mouse 3000 but it seems that no one makes this style. Nothing similar. Not even close.
Corded USB Travel size (small) Scroll / click / tilt wheel Button on the side - MANDATORY ! Red LED tracking.
i.e. NO batteries !
Problem, the scroll seems to run away sometimes for no reason. A large page will start rapidly scrolling. I stop it by fiddling with the mouse. It does not happen again for a time.
Is this a cleaning problem for the internal pot or what or worn out ?
Have the battery manufactures mandated that only meeces with batteries are now allowed ?
There are not even many rechargeable mice out there. I have one. It is a talking bluetooth mouse. Does not hold the charge long enough but it is fun to use when I want to fool with folks. I can make it say anything. Like "Get your hands off of me." or "Micky and I are friends" or naughties.
Johann Klammer <klammerj@NOSPAM.a1.net>: Sep 30 04:41PM +0200
On 09/30/2016 01:01 AM, aioli wrote: > but it is fun to use when I want to fool with folks. I can make it > say anything. Like "Get your hands off of me." or "Micky and I are > friends" or naughties.
double triggering buttons can be remedied by soldering in new microswitches. spurious keypresses like you described can have several causes: Bad power supply, broken cable, wireless interference(bursts, far apart), broken usb interface, dirt, failed controller.
The interference you can try to counter with a ferrite on the cable.
If you think it's the usb on the mainboard, use a different USB socket (there was that acer laptop which had some USB ports on a separate board, and if you put your hand near the hinge the plug(internal) would come loose intermittently).
Jon Elson <email@example.com>: Sep 29 05:15PM -0500
> Well he wanted to mount it to something, some sort o rack or whatever and > drilled holes in the bottom of it. Drilled right through a four layer PC > board. Yup, I sold a guy a system to control some servo motors in a CNC application. It had 4 servo amplifiers with big power FETs on a mounting plate, with Bergquist insulating thermal pads. He had a guy assemble it all into a box, and this guy drilled big holes and put giant screws into the mounting plate that shorted out the transistors. This was running off a 120 V DC supply. Lots of fireworks!
You old ancient dinosaur. Plus too cheap to buy a simple hundred buck monochrome LASER printer. You probably still got the first dollar you even made. But we loves ya anyway.
But really, I have heard of people trying to re-ink those ribbons, and for typewriters as well. Some I think had some success.
If it uses a plastic ribbon which IIRC the IBM Selectric did, no dice, but a cloth ribbon should be doable.
What keeps the ink dry is that it is all packed on the roll and not really exposed to the air much. Remember typewriters that would not type right away but after you type a while which advances the ribbon or you just grab it and advance it by hand it works fine ? So if you do this it has to go on that spool fairly tight.
Damn, you make me feel old. Back in the annals of my memory seems to be someone who needed a ribbon and took just half of the ribbon from another typewriter so they would both work.
Kids today, you show them a dial phone and they have no clue, can you imagine showing them that typewriter shit ?
But seriously, if you are the type who does not print every day, do not but an inkjet printer. If they sit too long the heads block up. I used to have an HP 1100+ that I really liked, just black and white but when I hit print it printed right now and that could be after sitting a month, and it was quiet.
Then I bought an HP CM1312MFP and I am sorry. These pricks don't even give you a full load of toner and a full set of toner cartridges is $280. The whole thing was $500 new.
One question though, does it use that tractor feed paper with the holes in the sides ? If so, can you actually still get that ? Or do you have a basementfull (new word alert) of it somewhere ?
Anyway, if you decide to re-ink, I am pretty sure that ink is not the same as ink for an inkjet printer. (which is more expensive than gold) What you probably want it the type used to re-ink ink pads like for rubber stamps. Or simple printer's ink like for the newspaper or something. Not inkjet ink, you'll have to mortgage the house to get enough of that.